Rivington Shoreditch, London
As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice a shelf filled with gin. There are 126 to be precise, each divided into cupboards based on their flavour profile. It makes narrowing down the perfect G&T (ahem Brockmans) that bit easier as you choose based on citrus, floral or more traditional notes… whatever your palate desires. The gin palace is known as Rivington Shoreditch, a British restaurant and bar in the heart of Shoreditch.
Piotr Jedrzejewski, Rivington Shoreditch’s bar manager, was first introduced to the bar scene back in Warsaw, his home. He had just left the army when he came across an ad for bar-backs, but landed a job straight away as a junior bartender. He soon moved to London and wanting something new, began working for a bar within a restaurant. Eventually he wanted the challenge of developing his own bar within a restaurant, and in June moved to Rivington Shoreditch to develop a standout bar.
He began by recreating the menu, following the very ethos that Rivington Shoreditch is built upon: preserving British culture. His cocktail map incorporates spirits, fresh produce and herbs from across the UK, each ingredient coming from a different county and requiring separate suppliers. Piotr and Head Chef Simon Wadham work closely to produce a cohesive menu that makes this bar not just one for an aperitivo.
There is always a Gin of the Week, changed fortnightly where double G&Ts go for a fiver and £8 bespoke cocktails are whipped together. The restaurant also hosts food and gin pairings alongside gin masterclasses you’ll have to enquire about… Piotr firmly believes that “pushing the industry forward is a job for all of us. We need to create a community of people to change the world of drinks.” And with his new Victorian-styled menu to launch very soon he’s breaking boundaries with simple and classic botanicals and flavours.
On today’s menu is a Brockmans cocktail blending chamomile flowers and fresh homemade syrups…
Describe Rivington Shoreditch in a few words.
It’s a place where you can feel at home, whilst being out.
Best thing you’ve ever overheard at your bar?
Someone once told us they’ve never seen such a passionate and happy team working in one place. That meant a lot.
Why do you think gin is so popular?
It’s the most versatile category of spirits ever created. Warm or cold, it’s a light drink that’s suitable for everyone.
What is it about Brockmans that appeals to you?
Brockmans has excellent balance. It’s the perfect base for many cocktails and alone it has a smooth finish. It’s usual, and rare to find that amount of botanicals in one bottle.
If you could have one last drink before you died, what would you choose?
Martinese with navy strength gin. I’d have a couple.
Brockmans Chamomile Spritz
- 35 ml Brockmans Gin
- 20 ml homemade meadow flower cordial (linden, daisy, dandelion and hay)
- 2 barspoons grapefruit oleo sacharum (sugar infused with grapefruit oil)
- 15 ml lemon juice
- Top camomile soda
Combine all ingredients apart from soda in a shaker and shake with ice, strain into a large wine glass over fresh ice, and top with soda from the symphon. Garnish with fresh herbs and a few juniper berries.